Accepted paper:

The Lundu in Luso-Brazilian Keyboard repertoire: perspectives on historical and popular musical repercussion


Edite Rocha (INET-md and University of Aveiro)

Paper short abstract:

Based on a survey of musical manuscripts including Lundu themes for keyboard music in the Luso-Brazilian space in the turning of 18-19th century, this talks addresses the flows of musical interpretative practices of the Lundu dance across the Atlantic as a case of transfer and culture exchanges.

Paper long abstract:

In the late 18th century, the Lundu dance, from African origin, was integrated in theatres and ballets pantomines repertoires in Lisbon and in the early 19th, the identified "brazilian lundu" was presented in mostly social activities in Latin America (VEGA, 2007). Combining music with dance and/or singing, the Lundu dance had an especial importance in his repercussion and as an example of cultural circularity beyond continental frontiers. Based on a survey of musical manuscripts in the Luso-Brazilian space from the end of the eighteenth and beginning of nineteenth century, travel reports, comparative analytical studies on the development of the theme of the lundu for keyboard, and based on literature about the different contexts of lundu, this talks addresses the flows of musical interpretative practices across the Atlantic as transfer and culture exchanges - flows that raise didactics issue, as improvisation, interpretation and composition in a context of the emergence of private concerts and his relation with the social and politics context. Using the example of the "Lundu da Monroy" as a case, this communication aims to outline the trajectory of this theme and the cultural circularity that was particularly reflected in the keyboard music as theme with variations in different musical contexts, highlighted by the relation of the music in the institutional cultural and social politics.

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For an archeology of cultural diplomacy (1822-1922): comparing Portuguese and Brazilian nineteenth century international policies regarding cultural heritage.